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Want to enjoy London like a local? Journalist and author Saska Graville’s new book, London Style Guide, aims to help you do just that. It explores London as a series of villages, revealing Saska’s favourite little-known haunts and venues:
“I’m a Londoner born and bred, but after living in Sydney for 10 years, I felt like a newcomer back in my own city. Researching and writing London Style Guide was the perfect way to reacquaint myself with my hometown – and fall in love with it all over again.”
London Style Guide includes more than 200 places to eat, sleep and shop in the capital, but Saska has picked out her favourite five for Visit London Blog readers:
1. The Chamberlayne in Kensal Rise: It’s my local pub so maybe I’m biased, but this is what London pubs are all about – a brilliantly laid back atmosphere, friendly clientele and great food. The steaks are a specialty.
2. Ginger & White in Hampstead: I didn’t include many Hampstead establishments in London Style Guide but this café is lovely. The menu champions best of British suppliers and the staff are some of the nicest in London.
3. Maltby Street in Bermondsey: If you’re a foodie, don’t miss this area. Many of the suppliers from nearby Borough Market have decamped here and open up shop on a Saturday morning. Don’t miss the “duffins” in Bea’s of Bloomsbury – a cross between a doughnut and a muffin. Lethal!
4. Dean Street Townhouse in Soho: Spread over two Georgian townhouses with only 39 rooms, each of them beautifully designed. This hotel is sexy, cosy glam. I especially love it in winter, when candles burn in reception and the scent of potted hyacinths fills the air.
5. Pelicans & Parrots in Dalston: This is probably London’s hippest village right now and this vintage interiors and clothes shop is top of the list for some of the city’s leading interiors stylists. Definitely worth visiting and then checking out the area.
Where are your favourite places to eat, shop and sleep in London?